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was awarded to general george washington in 1776 for liberating the city of boston. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to aung san suu kyi in recognition of her efforts to liberate the people of burma. today, we celebrate her steadfast commitment to democracy, stability, and human dignity, and we do so in a manner worthy of her ideals. nancy pelosi initiated the measure of awarding this metal and republican george w. bush signed into law. his wife, former first lady laura bush, is with us today, as is her predecessor, secretary of state hillary clinton. coming together in mutual respect, a step from the chambers where we passionately debate the issues of the day that has become almost second nature to us. but it is a blessing, and we will hear over and over during the course of this ceremony, aung san suu kyi has shown the world just how hard one it really is. on behalf of the congress, let me express how humble and honored we are by your presence here in the rotunda of the united states capitol. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the callers by th
to boston where she was a heroine, they reect -- erected a statue to her, showed her with a hatchet in one hand, scalps in the other. >> kenneth davis is our guest, he's the best-selling author of the "don't know much" series. the most recent, "don't know much about the american presidents." watch live sunday at noon eastern on c-span2. >> just a few minutes ago, i called vice president bush and congratulated him on his victory. and i know i speak for all of you and all the american people when i say he will be our president. and we'll work with him, this nation faces major challenges ahead. and we must work together. >> i've just received a telephone call from governor dukakis. [cheers and applause] and i want you to know he was most gracious, his call was personal, it was genuinely friendly, and it was in the great tradition of american politics. >> this weekend on c-span3's american history tv, 20 years of presidential victory and concession speeches. watch sunday at 7:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. >> now first lady michelle obama campaigns in petersburg, vir. the latest real clear polli
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